Farm leaders warn of intensifying stir, burn Modi’s effigies across state - ECAS Punjab

Farm leaders warn of intensifying stir, burn Modi’s effigies across state

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Tribune News Service

Moga, December 5

As the talks between the representatives of the farmer unions and the Central Government over the farm laws ended in a deadlock, farmers burnt the effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at various places in Punjab, particularly in the Malwa belt, on Saturday.

A large number of farmers, including women, participated in the agitations in the agrarian state in which the effigies of PM Modi were burnt and slogans were raised against him.

Burning the effigies, farmers accused PM Modi of benefitting big corporate houses and working against the peasants' community. "PM Modi is misusing the majority in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha to dictate his terms, which is leading to social unrest in the country," alleged a protesting farmer at Nihalsinghwala in Moga district.

At some places, outside a silo and petrol pumps owned by private business groups, the farmers also burnt the effigies of corporate honchos and Central ministers.

Besides widespread protests in Moga, farmers also blocked the Moga-Ferozepur national highway for sometime at Dagru village.

Also, the youths made rounds of cities, towns and villages to mobilise support for December 8 bandh. Farmer leaders warned of intensifying stir if the farm laws were not rolled back.

"We will continue to hold protests across various locations in Punjab and block all highways leading to Delhi until the farm laws are rolled back," said Sukhdev Singh Kokri, general secretary, of the BKU (Ekta).

'Kangana has hurt Punjabis' sentiments'

Abohar: Protesters burnt an effigy of actor Kangana Ranaut, expressing anguish over her "derogatory" remarks about Bathinda farmer Mahinder Kaur.

Farm union leaders Sharanpreet Singh, Davinder Singh and others said people were rising above politics in support of farmers who had suffered atrocities while passing through Haryana in a peaceful march to Delhi.

They said Kangana should have refrained from uploading objectionable messages which had hurt sentiments of Punjabis across the world. oc

from The Tribune

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